Tierraslo is one of our favorite Pinot Noir discoveries of the year. No surprise there – it’s made by the talented Christian Roguenant in California’s coolest region, Edna Valley.
Christian tends to a few special vineyards, owned by the acclaimed Niven family, in the north of the Edna Valley. Vines thrive in the region’s famed ‘Dirt of the Devil’ soils (formed by a long-extinct chain of volcanoes), which provide the ideal base for elegant, mineral-edged Pinot Noir. The 2014 vintage here was the earliest harvest in years and, combined with very little rain and above-average temperatures leading up to harvest, the grapes wound up being packed with intense aromas and flavors – the third in a string of stellar Golden State vintages (following on the heels of highly acclaimed 2012 and 2013).
With its gentle cinnamon/oak notes framing ripe cranberry, red cherry and red currant characters, Tierraslo is as fun to sip as it is to say. (The name is a fusion of the word tierra, Spanish for ‘land,’ and ‘SLO,’ the commonly used slang/abbreviation for San Luis Obispo, where Edna Valley is located.)
Just don’t be ‘SLO’ with your orders – this one’s already going quickly.